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At 8:40am on April 12, 2020, Angharad said…

Happy Easter/Spring/Ostara, thally, my friend!

Although our lives have been disrupted, I find it comforting that the business of life goes on undisturbed. I hope you and the family are doing well, and I also hope you can get outside for a good dose of fresh air and the beauty of nature.

And, maybe later cop a nibble of chocolate bunny ears. LOL

A. XOXOXOXOX

At 7:18am on December 25, 2019, Angharad said…

And a stellar 2020 for you and your wonderful family. xoxox A.

At 2:59am on March 17, 2019, Angharad said…

Happy St. Patrick's Day, thally, my friend!

 I hope all is well with you and the family.

At 2:16pm on September 7, 2018, Aggie said…

Aggie hug!

At 6:56am on April 1, 2018, Angharad said…

Wishes for love, joy, and renewal, Thally. ❤ ❤ ❤

At 10:25pm on January 1, 2017, Angharad said…

Happy New Year, Thally!

Seeing your words on my page made me happy. Your words always do!

I'm so glad to hear that Aaron continues to heal, and that the rest of your beautiful family is doing well, with many accomplishments of which to be proud. Cool that you're still working--keeping fully active is definitely one of the secrets to staying young. 

Life here is much the same. I'm still kickin'. :>)

I'm sending my love to you and your family, dearest friend, and copious good vibes for a fabulous 2017!

A. XOXOXOXOXOX

At 11:07pm on December 31, 2015, Angharad said…

Warm, heartfelt wishes for the very best for you and your beautiful family this year, and always.

XOXOXOXOXOXOX me

At 10:26pm on December 27, 2015, Angharad said…

HOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAYYYY!!!  Working hips!!! That is a good gift!!

And the weeks of enforced rest sound like a good thing too, if they allow you to write and not feel guilty about taking the time. :>)  I just reread "Save A Place For Me," and, once again, it brought tears to my eyes. Anyone who can capture the heart's yearning in words needs to write. That means you, thally.

I had always felt empathy for the lonely, the lost, and anyone struggling to walk through empty or dark places with grace. It wasn't until my son died, however, that I truly learned what it is like to be there. And, as we've said before, aging ain't no picnic. Your words are an oasis.

Have you gathered your poems together and published them, thally? What a blessing that would be for your children as years go on? If you haven't, I've used www.blurb.com to compile some of my fractured haiku for loved ones, and it's been a good experience with a great result. The software is free and relatively easy to use. And you can create as many or as few copies as you wish--there's no particular volume requirement. You might want to give it a try.

I'm so glad your Christmas was good and that everyone is doing well. I look forward to up-to-date pictures and news on Aaron's progress and all the rest when you have time after New Year's Day.

Lots of love to you and yours, precious one.

A. XOXOXOXOXOX

At 12:31am on July 4, 2015, Angharad said…

I'm so glad to hear that Aaron is holding up with good humor and high hopes, despite the pain and the long road ahead. I'm sorry he slept through your birthday visit, but I know he felt you there as he slumbered. Poor guy! It's really exhausting being ill and in pain.

I'm also relieved that you're so pleased with the nursing facility he's in--that personal care and concern will help his healing and get him ready for rehab. I'm praying for him every day.

I didn't know you were involved in AA. I've only attended 1 meeting, but have a long history with Alanon, and hold both organizations in high regard. Was the convention fun?

In contrast, a hip replacement does NOT sound fun--LOL--although you'll probably love the results. I agree wholeheartedly about the "golden years" being one big bunch of BS!!!!! I can't be quite as kind about it as you... :>)

I'll trade all the golden years for another crack at 22!

Hope you have something fun and frivolous planned for Independence Day. Whatever it is--stick a few sparklers in it.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX me

At 4:57am on June 29, 2015, Angharad said…

I'm so glad to hear Aaron's spirits are high in the face of the challenges ahead. Of course, as your son, I would expect that. I know you have all rallied around him and are there whenever he needs a hug or a laugh. That is so important.

Be sure to take care of yourself through this, thally. It's so easy to totally forget one's own needs.

My love and best wishes continue to flow your way. You're gonna need a storage room for them pretty soon!  :>)

XOXOXOXOXOX A.

At 10:46pm on June 7, 2015, Angharad said…

Suzan  (Dyslexic Dodger) told me the news about Aaron after she read it on Facebook, Thally. I'm so sorry for the ordeal he's going through, and you and the family as well, and I'm praying for you all as I type.  I know, however, that Aaron's fabulous positive attitude, strength, and determination, backed up by the love, prayers, and support of friends and family, will go a long way toward healing him as well and as quickly as possible.  I have absolute faith in that.

If you need a place to vent, just write--I understand so well how taxing keeping it together can be.

Tidal waves of love and prayers flowing constantly to Aaron and you. I'll get my friends on the prayer wave as well.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX A.

At 4:08am on December 31, 2014, Angharad said…

A guid New Year tae ane and a, an mony may ye see!

HAPP HOGMANAY!

Lang may yer lum reek! (Long may your chimney smoke.) It's a tradition in Scotland to take, among other items, a piece of coal with you when visiting friends and family on New Year's Eve. The coal is placed on the fire as a wish for the hosts’ long life, prosperity, warmth, and good cheer.

I have no coal, so heres a wee dram of Scotch for its warming effect, and to convey the same wishes.

May 2015 bring you everything your heart desires, Thally.

A. xoxoxox

At 11:10pm on December 22, 2014, Angharad said…

It is wonderful to hear that your new home with it's breath of fresh energy has been a good thing! I love to move and have always found it a boost. And the paring down you did was sure to make room for new possibilities!

Your Thanksgiving sounded fabulous! There's nothing like a day filled with happiness, fellowship, gratitude, and sharing! That you served food at the Summit Center with your daughter had to have been a great shared experience. My family did such things on holidays, and so on. Helping makes special times rich and complete, don't you think?

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! I hope there are more joyful holiday times ahead for you. I'm not on TBD that much either, so if I don't see you--MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!

At 2:59pm on November 27, 2014, Angharad said…

This is from the Thanksgiving chapel in Dallas.

I hope your day is beautiful and filled with love and peace, Thally.

A. XOXOXOXOX

At 9:36pm on July 3, 2014, Angharad said…

Hope you have a wonderful, sparkly, happy day, Thally! XOXOXOX

At 3:43pm on May 1, 2014, Angharad said…

I envy and admire you, Thally, for downsizing. It's a freeing and often somewhat scary thing to do. I can only imagine the ups and downs.

I'm eager to sell my home, divest myself of 95% of my possessions, and build a little  prefab "pod" with solar panels and an exterior that's impervious to anything but a direct hit by a nuclear warhead. :>) Unfortunately, our real estate prices haven't recovered enough yet. 

I felt a flutter when you mentioned throwing out photo albums. You're so right, though, we carry the real memories in our hearts.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter too. I look forward to hearing about your adventure as it progresses.

XOXOXOXOX 

At 12:53am on April 20, 2014, Angharad said…

Happy Easter, Thally!

At 2:58am on March 17, 2014, Angharad said…

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

At 3:42pm on February 2, 2014, Angharad said…

I understand so well, Thally. I've been in much the same place you have. I suppose it's often a side effect of surviving into the--hahahah--"golden years," when so many of the people and abilities we love and treasure have drifted away on the mist. 

Solitude and even loss have their place, but too much is just damned depressing.

So don't feel badly about "hibernating"-- a lot of us do it. 

I'm glad to see you whenever I see you.

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX A.

At 5:40am on January 1, 2014, Angharad said…

Happy Hogmanay, Thally! Looks like I'm the traditional "first foot" on your TBD page--sorry I don't have any coal. :>)  But coal or no, I'm wishing you a good year with unexpected joys and possibilities. You deserve all good things.

XOXOXOXOXOX

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